HBO has been dropped from Amazon’s Fire TV Edition television remotes

Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba and Insignia now have a new remote that includes one small but noteworthy change. The HBO app button that used to take up the bottom left-most spot on the remote has been swapped out for an IMDb TV button. An HBO button has been on Amazon’s Fire TV Edition television remotes ever since the 2nd-generation models debuted in 2018. That 3 year run now ends, possibly due to the disagreement between Amazon and HBO that kept HBO Max out of the Amazon Appstore for 6 months. Read more ›

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Why Fire TV owners should subscribe to HBO Max through Prime Video Channels instead of directly through HBO

HBO has long been an entertainment juggernaut. With the recent announcement that all new Warner Bros. movies in 2021 will be available at no extra charge through HBO Max on the same day as their theatrical release, you might be considering subscribing to HBO Max. The fact that HBO is finally going to be streaming content in 4K, starting with the release of Wonder Woman 1984 this Christmas, makes the streaming service more enticing than ever. If you’re a Prime member and you do decide to subscribe, as a Fire TV owner you are much better off subscribing to HBO Max through Prime Video Channels than directly through HBO. Here are several reasons why. Read more ›

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All new Warner Bros. movies in 2021 will be released simultaneously on HBO Max

Warner Bros. has announced that they will be releasing all of their new films in 2021 both in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day. All films will be available in 4K, starting with Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas day. This hybrid release model is set to last for just the one year. Read more ›

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Wonder Woman 1984’s release on Christmas will be HBO Max’s first 4K title

HBO Max has some of the most compelling content of any streaming service, but it all caps out at 1080p. That finally changes this Christmas with the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on December 25th. The movie is coming to both theaters and the streaming service on the same day and it will be HBO Max’s first title available in 4K. The movie will also stream in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and with Dolby Atmos audio. HBO explicitly mentions that this “premium viewing experience” will be available on the Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, and 4K Fire TV Edition televisions. We’ll have to wait and see if other Fire TV models will also have access to the improved resolution and formats.

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How to update HBO Max on Fire TV / Firestick and fix the Unsupported Version error message

Some HBO Max apps, including sideloaded versions, have stopped working today because HBO just released a new version of their app. The app is now displaying the “Unsupported Version” message seen above. If you have sideloaded HBO Max onto your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, rather than updating your sideload app, it’s best for you to uninstall the app and re-install the official version, which is now available in the official Amazon Appstore. Read more ›

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HBO Max is officially coming to Amazon Fire TVs on Tuesday November 17

The wait is over. HBO and Amazon have reached an agreement and have announced that an official HBO Max app will be arriving on Amazon Fire TVs, Firesticks, Fire TV Edition televisions, and Fire tablets this Tuesday, November 17. The new version of HBO has only been available on Fire TVs via sideloading since it launched earlier this year in May. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to get it from the Amazon Appstore, as you’d expect. Read more ›

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How to update your sideloaded HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — Updated Feb. 2021 w/ Latest APK

Since HBO Max is not yet available in the Amazon Appstore, it must be sideloaded. Instructions for how to sideload the app can be found here, but you might be wondering how to update the app once you’ve already installed it. The process for updating is identical to sideloading. Simply open the Downloader app, enter the URL to the newer APK, download it, and install it. The new version will automatically update/replace the old version. You do not need to uninstall the existing version first. A new version 50.2.0.37 of HBO Max was just released and you can get it by entering bit.ly/firehbo (see update below) into the Downloader app. If you need more detailed instructions, follow this guide. Read more ›

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HBO NOW app will become ‘HBO’ and HBO GO app will be removed on Fire TVs

Just a day after posting about the possibilities of what will become of the HBO apps on Fire TV devices, we now have some definitive answers. Amazon and HBO have still not reached an agreement to bring the new HBO MAX app to Fire TV devices, but they have reached an agreement to keep some kind of HBO app access on the device. On August 1st, the existing HBO NOW app will remain on Fire TV devices, but it will be renamed to simply ‘HBO.’ At the same time, the HBO GO app will be removed with no replacement app. Read more ›

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HBO GO and HBO NOW apps will likely be removed from Amazon Fire TVs on Aug 1

HBO and Amazon have not been able to reach an agreement to bring the new HBO MAX app, which is supposed to replace both HBO GO and HBO NOW apps, to Fire TV devices. According to Variety, the existing arrangement between HBO and Amazon is set to expire on July 31st, which means that, come August 1st, one or both of HBO’s apps may be removed from Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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How to fix Remote Not Working issues with HBO Max on Amazon Fire TV


Several people are commenting on my guide for installing HBO Max on a Fire TV with issues that their remote is not working in the app. The app installs just fine and launches, but once in the app, they can’t navigate with the remote control. Simply put, the issue is that they/you have installed the phone/tablet version of the app, instead of the TV version of the app. Here’s how to verify the issue and fix it. Read more ›

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